Chorizo and Kale Broth

As predicted, the weather here has become remarkably warm and jolly unseasonable. One would, at this time of the year, expect one’s breath to be made visible by a late-spring chill. However, as this paragraph begins to takes shape, my eyes find themselves met with a sky of unbridled blue. We appear to have skipped spring entirely and charged head-first into summer – perhaps June will become the new winter. We shall yet join the Australians in having my namesake, jolly ol’ St. Nick, presented with a surf board and speedos, rather than coat and gloves.

There’s nothing quite like conforming to a stereotype. It feels almost satisfying to justify the observation that the default topic of conversation in Britain is the weather. Though, please forgive me if I scoot in a few minutes, since there is a cup of tea at brew. Indeed, there is not the time to go into any depth about the stereotypes we assign to Americans – that’s probably a good thing. Though, perhaps I shall live to regret that last sentence.

This dish is a bit of a mash-up between a winter soup and a summer stew – indeed, it makes for a comforting transition. The spice and warmth of the sausage fights off any chill that may remain in one’s bones and the thin, but delicious, liquor is light and eminently refreshing – something the kale only adds to. Surprisingly this was my first ever experience of kale and expectations hadn’t been particularly high; kale is a fairly unassuming ingredient. However, the depth of flavour experienced as a result of the kale was incredibly impressive. Indeed, one may expect that my love for kale and therefore the amount of use it receives shall henceforth remain only on an upward trajectory.

Chorizo and Kale Broth

Serves 5-6


• 200g good-quality chorizo, thickly sliced

• 1.2 litres of chicken stock

• 1 onion, finely diced

• 4 cloves of garlic, mashed

• A dribble of olive oil

• Two generous handfuls of kale


1. Begin by frying the onion, garlic and chorizo in a dribble of olive oil. After allowing enough time for the chorizo to brown and for the meat to release some of its fat and oil transfer everything to a large pot.

2. Add the chicken stock and simmer for 5 minutes. Rinse and tip in the kale, serve immediately with a hunk of bread. Seasoning shouldn’t be necessary, though a good twist of black pepper wouldn’t do the dish any harm.

Cost: As you can see, this isn’t the most complex of broths. As such, the cost of making the entire batch should be around £1.70. I recommend that one makes one’s own chicken stock for this, since it’ll enhance the flavour and save a little money in doing so.

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96 comments on “Chorizo and Kale Broth

  1. magefesausa
    March 26, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Nice and cheap, that looks and sounds great! (I love chorizo!!)

  2. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    March 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Beautiful, Nick! We make something similar with Tuscan kale, chorizo and white beans. The chorizo and kale seem to pair really well together!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Thanks, Celia. I was going to add butter beans, but decided against it.

  3. Juls
    March 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

    That looks totally lovely Nick. I made a similar one ages ago (I think it had kale, pear barley and a chicken stock I’d made from wings I had smoked. It was properly yummy) and I can verify for the easiness and absolutely delicious chill-shooing fantastic-ness of it all. It was also my first time using kale – I have to say I was mightily underimpressed with it for all the hype though one can’t deny how healthy it is!

    I love these types of quick and fantastic, full flavoured broths that you can make from foods bought for pennies. Of course I enjoy frugality, being Jewish and all 😛

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Thanks, Juls. You were underimpressed? But it has a wonderfully, rich flavour… might you have over-cooked it? Haha – you’ve been reading carefully.

      • Juls
        March 31, 2012 at 6:40 am

        To be fair to kale, the amount of hype it was under at the time it would have had to taste like chocolate to live up to my expectations! (Though I don’t know why anyone would cook with a chocolate flavoured leaf)

        • frugalfeeding
          April 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

          Ah yes, I see what you mean. A disappointment it must have been!

  4. breakfastatnatalies
    March 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Looks lovely! Chorizo is one of my favourite ingredients, it makes EVERYTHING taste good : )

  5. thelittleloaf
    March 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I’m not a big broth or soup fan, but I adore both chorizo and kale so am pretty sure I could give this a go. Might throw in a few white beans as per Celia’s suggestion above to thicken it up a bit (my preference, nothing against your dish, which looks lovely!)

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Really? Mad… MAD. I’m a total soup addict. You just need to try one of mine…

  6. cookinginsens
    March 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

    And regret it you shall! Nice recipe and beautiful pictures.

  7. calmyourbeans
    March 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Reblogged this on calmyourbeans.

  8. Razel Rull-Navarro
    March 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I’ve never tried kale…actually never had it before. I love a good chorizo so I should try this and introduce myself to kale 🙂 Perfect time now that we have entered the Australian Autumn.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Oh my, you must try it! I hope you like it if you do.

      • Razel Rull-Navarro
        March 30, 2012 at 11:41 pm

        I tried it and LOVED it! so easy to make and gosh, never thought a simple broth can be that delightful to the taste buds! officially one of my faves now. thanks for sharing the recipe 😀

        • frugalfeeding
          March 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm

          Awesome! I’m so glad! Glad I’ve helped you discover something new!

  9. Bluejellybeans
    March 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Very nice transitional dish Nick!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    PS. Now you made me wonder about those stereotypes 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks! Haha, I like to get brains jogging, as it were.

  10. Baker Bettie
    March 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Wow! How beautiful and delicious!

    I made a chorizo hash a few weeks ago that I had planned on posting, but I ate it before taking pics. It is a problem sometimes. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks, Bettie. Chorizo hash sounds lovely! That would be a problem – I don’t think I’ve ever done that haha.

  11. Spoon Feast
    March 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Kale is a wonderful ingredient. Flash fried until crispy (it only takes a few seconds) makes a delightful crispy element with earthy undertones.

    I have heard you can add it to smoothies but haven’t tried that yet.

    My favorite is to saute with a bit on olive oil, garlic and shallots under a piece of fish. Yummy!

    😉 I wonder about those stereotypes too!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks for that wonderful tip! I’ll skip the kale smoothie.

      • Spoon Feast
        March 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm

        Me too, somehow I can’t see adding a handful of kale to a berry smoothie.

  12. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    March 26, 2012 at 11:54 am

    We always miss spring here. What a great recipe. I love the bitterness of the kale and the spiciness of the chorizo paired together.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks, Greg. They balance and work very effectively.

  13. denlyn3
    March 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Very nice looking dish. The weather is crazy, I live in Southern California and it has been wet and cool.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Thanks! Mad! Though, I’m not really acquainted with the weather there.

  14. Just A Smidgen
    March 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Anything with kale in it must be the healthiest recipe.. I love it’s rich, dark color.. beautiful in your broth!

  15. Chica Andaluza
    March 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Luckily it seems to have turned to winter here (!) and we have plenty of chorizo to hand!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Ahha! How lucky :D. I’m jealous of your chorizo.

  16. Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    March 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Now you did it! it looks both healthy and tasty! I didn’t even know that was possible! LOL!

  17. Laura Parisi
    March 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    This looks fantastic! Definitely will give this a go.

  18. Karista
    March 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Excellent Frugal! I enjoy reading your posts as much as I enjoy your delicious recipes. You gave me a good laugh this morning! Happy Monday to you 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad I did – it’s part of my aim.

  19. Karista
    March 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Ooops… not that your recipes make me laugh! Your recipes are brilliant! Just that your sense of humor always gives me a good chuckle. 🙂 It’s a Monday…

  20. Brianne
    March 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Chorizo and kale are two of my favorite things! Your recipe is so simple, but I bet it is wonderfully delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      It really is! Chorizo is one of the lights of my life 😀

  21. thekalechronicles
    March 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Beautiful photo, Nick, and I’ll bet chorizo and kale is a good pairing — in my opinion, kale can take on many strong flavors and benefit from them.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks, Sharyn! It can indeed, it doesn’t pull any punches.

  22. jn photography
    March 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Simple and quick, this is right up my alley. Looking forward to trying this concoction of yours!

  23. dearmaroon
    March 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    it’s a clear but brisk and windy day in New York… this would be just the thing to fix! Sounds delicious! I’ll have to give it a try. 🙂

  24. cookinghaven
    March 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Oh man. Chorizo is the way to a girl’s heart!

  25. cjdelgrosso
    March 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Great soup and one that is right in my wheelhouse. I absolutely love chorizo and use it often. This is a soup that I must try! Thanks…

  26. Shira
    March 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Yum, even for a veggie, this looks soothing, simple, and hearty! I love brothy dishes and kale works beautifully here – lovely Nick!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      I’ll have to do more veggie stuff for you! Glad you appreciate the post :D.

  27. Purely.. Kay
    March 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I am such a fan of chorizo, but never paired it with kale. I’ve been seeing some great kale recipes, but yours definitely have me excited 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      I adore chorizo, it’s such an amazing ingredient. I hope you try it 🙂

  28. thebigfatnoodle
    March 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Welcome back! I love the simplicity of this soup. Kale is so underrated, it’s such a lovely veg but most people over cook it but I think this soup is just the light touch it needs.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Hola, Noodle. It merely needs a slight wilting, no cooking at all 😀

  29. Catherine
    March 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Oh, that looks gorgeous! Kale is just beginning to get good around here – I can’t wait until I can eat meat again and give this a try!

  30. Mama's Gotta Bake
    March 27, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog, so I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger and Inspiring Blogger awards!

  31. mirepoixaugras
    March 27, 2012 at 8:04 am

    That looks amazing, I am going to try it for sure. I think it would be brilliant with a Thai style chicken ball too.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks! It was delicious. Why not give it a go?

  32. takcopenhagen
    March 27, 2012 at 8:51 am

    A hearty yet, simple dish. Looks delicious!

  33. Bam's Kitchen
    March 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Kale is such a unique vegetable it can handle being paired with a spicy chorizo. Happy transitional weather month! This one will keep you warm and healthy.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      It is – it’s such a fantastic ingredient. It’s very warm now!

  34. promenadeplantings
    March 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Another Kale fan here! Very easy to grow and overwinters brilliantly – I’m still picking it, but with the warm weather, I’m not sure it will last that long. And a great pairing with the chirizo!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      I shall have to grow some myself in a few months. Glad you like the combination, Claire.

  35. onceuponarecipe
    March 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Yay for kale and chorizo! A fabulous combination indeed.

  36. Simran S. & Stacie D.
    March 28, 2012 at 2:58 am

    what a killer combo. why didnt i think of this one…

  37. baconbiscuit212
    March 28, 2012 at 4:52 am

    This is one of my favorite combinations, kale and chorizo. I always like to throw in a diced potato or two into the soup too!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Awesome! I was thinking about adding potato, but really didn’t think it needed it.

  38. katyarich
    March 28, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I really like kale, simple and good, I’ll try this recipe, In Spain there is lots of types of chorizo…:)

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      It’s delicious – I want to try the purple version. I know – I eat lots when I go there every year 😀

  39. Ragamuffin Diaries
    March 29, 2012 at 2:08 am

    I love kale! I hope you have a long and wonderful friendship. 🙂 I also think “mash up of winter soup and summer stew” is a great description. Looks yummy! Hope you enjoy that sunshine; today’s our first warm day in Alaska – the snow’s actually starting to melt! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Me too! It’s getting very warm here… but it’ll change again… mark my words, Raga.

  40. Cara
    March 30, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I am beginning to believe that you have a thing against us Americans. But now you really have me curious about said stereotypes. Go ahead, let’s hear ’em out dude. I’ll stop being loud and obnoxious once I finish eating a hamburger while shopping at Wal Mart and writing grammatical errors that include words like TID bit and leaving the “u” out of flavour and such…Totally awesome bro.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Whatever gave you that impression? haha. No, I’ve nothing against you… your silly ways merely confound me. I think I’ve taught you to better yourself and become more British though :D. Haha!

  41. Korena in the Kitchen
    March 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Two of my favorite things – kale and chorizo. Will have to try this, it looks perfect for a weeknight dinner!

  42. becomingchefstef
    April 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    such beautiful photos & inventive recipes–can’t wait to read more!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks! I hope you leave many more comments 😀

  43. Moshi Moshi
    March 11, 2015 at 9:10 am

    chorizo and kale! super like!

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